Questia Media, Inc., an online academic library and research service, has announced that its entire digital collection of 60,000 books and more than a million articles has incorporated The Lexile Framework for Reading. Lexiles provide a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, allowing monitoring of student progress and ensuring reading comprehension. The addition of Lexile measures to Questia's online library enables teachers to match texts to class reading levels and differentiate instruction based on individual student reading ability.
The Advanced Search Page will allow teachers to search Questia's online publications according to three Lexile categories: Minimum, Maximum, and Exact. By entering values into these fields, users can limit their search results to materials that fall into specified Lexile reading ranges. The results can then be used to create targeted reading assignments. As part of the agreement, many of the titles from Questia's digital library also will be available in the searchable Lexile Book Database. Search results for those titles that originated in the Questia library will include a hyperlink to the Questia Web site where users can read portions of the book.